How to install Scoop Windows Package Manager

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Do you want a Linux-like package manager on Windows 10 or 7? Then use Scoop to easily fetch and install various open-source software packages using a simple command prompt in Windows.

Scoop is an open source tool that allows us to quickly grab various packages such as Python, Apache, MongoDB, MySQL, Nodejs, etc. in Windows using the command line. It is the best tool for developers looking for a simple Linux like Windows package manager. It’s similar to homebrew, many people compare it to Chocolatey but it’s slightly different in terms of available repository and huge list of various software to install. However, what makes Scoop different is that it doesn’t need admin rights, so no need to run a command prompt or Powershell with admin access to download and install packages; it also installs all the packages in a directory called scoop which separates them from the user folder.

The Scoop project is available at GitHub.

What do we need to install Scoop?

  • Just Windows Powershell on Windows 7 or 10.

How to install Scoop Package Manager on Windows 10/8/7?

  • Go to the Search bar and type powershellas it appears, click its icon to run it.
  • PowerShell requires an execution policy in [Unrestricted, RemoteSigned, ByPass] to run Scoop. So, run the below command to set the wait policy.
    Set-ExecutionPolicy RemoteSigned -scope CurrentUser
  • Download and run the Scoop Package Manager installer script to install it on Windows 10.
    iwr -useb get.scoop.sh | iex
  • Command to search for packages.
    scoop search 
  • To install any package using this windows package manager, use the syntax below, let’s say we want to install MongoDB, the command for that will be:
    scoop install mongodb
  • To learn more about the Scoop command, you can use its help section:
    scoop help
  • Here is the list of useful Scoop commands
Usage: scoop  []

Some useful commands are:

alias Manage scoop aliases
bucket Manage Scoop buckets
cache Show or clear the download cache
checkup Check for potential problems
cleanup Cleanup apps by removing old versions
config Get or set configuration values
create Create a custom app manifest
depends List dependencies for an app
export Exports (an importable) list of installed apps
help Show help for a command
hold Hold an app to disable updates
home Opens the app homepage
info Display information about an app
install Install apps
list List installed apps
prefix Returns the path to the specified app
reset Reset an app to resolve conflicts
search Search available apps
status Show status and check for new app versions
unhold Unhold an app to enable updates
uninstall Uninstall an app
update Update apps, or Scoop itself
virustotal Look for app's hash on virustotal.com
which Locate a shim/executable (similar to 'which' on Linux)
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